Summer Guide: Cheap eats

Meanwhile, what makes me smile at Stacy's Smokehouse is the sloppy-good pulled pork sandwich ($4.50), or maybe some crispy, cornmeal-crusted fried catfish ($1.99). At prices like that, a slice of sweet potato pie ($2.50) is hard to pass up. And at Bertha's Café, I usually feel justified indulging in a thick, moist brownie ($2.00) because the sandwiches are such a good deal. I'm often tossed up between the asparagus and Havarti panini ($5.50), with mozzarella, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and fresh basil, and the roast beef sandwich ($6.00), topped with blue cheese, arugula, and mayo.

The cost of a gallon of gas might be skyrocketing into an unknown future, but in times like these, it's comforting to know that some menu prices are still set in the 20th century.

Da Vang
4538 N. 19th Ave.
602-242-3575

The price is right: Lee's Vietnamese banh mi and Euro-style croissant sandwiches are cheap and tasty.
Jackie Mercandetti
The price is right: Lee's Vietnamese banh mi and Euro-style croissant sandwiches are cheap and tasty.

Location Info

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Da Vang

4538 N. 19th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85015

Category: Restaurant > Vietnamese

Region: Central Phoenix

Pho Avina

4920 W. Thunderbird Road
Glendale, AZ 85306

Category: Restaurant > Vietnamese

Region: Glendale

Lee's Sandwiches'

1901 W. Warner Road
Chandler, AZ 85224

Category: Restaurant > Sandwiches

Region: Chandler

Carolina's Mexican Food

1202 E. Mohave St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: Central Phoenix

Rito's Mexican Food

907 N. 14th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85006

Category: Restaurant > Brunch

Region: Central Phoenix

Al-Hana Restaurant at Baiz Market

523 N. 20th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85006

Category: Restaurant > Middle Eastern

Region: Central Phoenix

Haji Baba Middle Eastern Food

1513 E. Apache Blvd.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Category: Restaurant > Middle Eastern

Region: Tempe

Chino Bandido Takee-Outee

15414 N. 19th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85023

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: North Phoenix

The Fry Bread House

1003 E Indian School Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85013

Category: Restaurant > Southwestern

Region: Central Phoenix

The Cornish Pasty Co.

960 W. University Drive, #103
Tempe, AZ 85281

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Tempe

Welcome Diner

924 E. Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85006

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Central Phoenix

Pho Avina
4920 W. Thunderbird Rd., Suite 110, Glendale
602-439-2547
www.phoavina.com

Lee's Sandwiches
1901 W. Warner Rd., Chandler
480-855-1778
www.leessandwiches.com

Carolina's Mexican Food
1202 E. Mohave St.
602-252-1503
www.carolinasmex.com

Rito's Market & Mexican Takeout
907 N. 14th St.
602-262-9842

Phoenix Ranch Market
2518 N. 16th St.
(with additional Valley locations)
602-252-9228

Al-Hana at Baiz Market
523 N. 20th St.
602-252-8996

Haji Baba
1513 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe
480-894-1905

Chino Bandido Takee Outee
15414 N. 19th Ave.
(second location in Chandler)
602-375-3639
www.chinobandido.com

The Fry Bread House
4140 N. 7th Ave.
602-351-2345

Cornish Pasty Co.
960 W. University Dr., Tempe
480-894-6261
www.cornishpastyco.com

Welcome Diner
924 E. Roosevelt St.
602-495-1111

Stacy's Smokehouse
1650 E. Indian School Rd.
602-230-6724

Bertha's Café
2916 N. 40th St.
602-955-1022
www.berthascafe.com

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james.saldivar
james.saldivar

In a world where gas is more expensive than food. thanks man. I appreciate the info. For the people that have an expensive appetite, this stuff is good to know.

the Cosmic Jester
the Cosmic Jester

Ah yes, many of my favorite places in town! Please note that it's "Chino Bandido", not "bandito", and as such their website is www.chinobandido.com .

Another excellent cheapie place worth a mention is Bison Witches, in the Brickyard section of Mill, several doors east of Hippie Gypsy. The thing that everyone gets there is a half sandwich and bread bowl of soup, complete with a bag of Poore Brothers chips for about seven bucks. Hawaiian BBQ places also are noteworthy for providing copious amounts of deliciousness for not much coin. I've found pretty much all of them around town to be very solid choices, with the exception of Ono, which I've found to be lackluster at best the both times I've tried them.

 
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